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PUF Pre-Kindergarten

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Introduction

The Grande Prairie Public School Division offers PUF Pre-Kindergarten programs for children who have been identified with a Severe Delay/Disability based on Alberta Education Program Unit Fund (PUF) criteria. Children must be between the ages of 2 years 8 months and 4 years 8 months by September 1 of the year they are attending. Pre-Kindergarten Programs may be available to children for one or two years of programming, depending on the child's needs and eligibility.

Programs follow the Grande Prairie Public School Division school year calendar and operate daily for a morning or afternoon class at either Crystal Park School or Swanavon School.

Our Pre-Kindergarten Programs are child-centred, play-based and developmentally appropriate, providing a language rich learning environment in which your child can participate, progress and achieve. Children receive direct teaching from a certified teacher for some activities and may receive direct therapy through a speech-language pathologist. The teacher works collaboratively with a speech-language pathologist, as well as other Early Learning staff to design and deliver individual and group programming with a focus on:

  • language development,
  • communication strategies,
  • literacy, numeracy,
  • physical activities,
  • social skills, and
  • self-regulation strategies.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How does my child qualify for a PUF Pre-Kindergarten program?

To qualify a child must be assessed and diagnosed with a severe disability/delay by a qualified professional (pediatrician, psychiatrist, psychologist, speech-language pathologist) and meet the Alberta Education Special Education Coding Criteria. If your child has a report (dated after March 1 of the current year) from Alberta Health Services or another qualified professional, please contact the Grande Prairie Public School Division Office or the PUF Program Lead.

How do I register my child for Pre-Kindergarten?
Once your child is approved you will receive an email welcoming you and your child to the Grande Prairie Public School Division as a Program Unit Funded Student (PUF).  This email will state your child's school, teacher, and class section.  Within this email, you will find a link to School Engage and instructions on how to register your child.

Please contact the Administrative Assistant of your child's assigned school for any assistance needed with registration.

How old does my child need to be to start a PUF Pre-Kindergarten program?
Children may qualify if they are more than 2 years 8 months of age and less than 4 years 8 months of age on September 1 of the calendar year they are attending, as per Alberta Education criteria.

How many years can my child qualify for PUF Pre-Kindergarten?
A child may qualify for up to 2 years of PUF Pre-Kindergarten funding if they meet the Special Education Coding Criteria as determined by Alberta Education for a severe disability/delay.

Which days do PUF Pre-Kindergarten children attend school?
Children who have qualified for PUF attend Monday through Friday for either a morning or afternoon program.

If my child attended a Grande Prairie Public School Division PUF program last year and has been identified with a mild/moderate delay/disability for the 2020-2021 school year can she/he still attend?
Children who attended the Grande Prairie Public School Division PUF program for the 2020-2021 school year and have ben identified with a mild/moderate delay/disability at the end of that school year will no longer meet the criteria for the PUF program for the 2021-2022 school year.

Which schools offer PUF Pre-Kindergarten programs for children?
Crystal Park School and Swanavon schools offer Pre-Kindergarten programs for families who live in the City of Grande Prairie.

Does my child need to toilet independently?
Children do not need to be toilet trained for the program and support staff will aide with changes as required.  Parents are required to communicate with the classroom staff about where their child is at in the toileting process and are required to provide diapers, wipes and a change of clothes if needed.

Is busing offered for children who attend PUF Pre-Kindergarten?
Busing is not offered for Pre-Kindergarten programs. Families are required to pick up and drop off their child at the start and end times for each location.

Does Grande Prairie Public School Division offer Preschool Programs for children who do not have unique learning needs?
Grande Prairie Public School Division offers two fee-based Preschool programs. A French Immersion Preschool at Γ‰cole Montrose and a Montessori Preschool at Parkside. Information can be found on our website.

Contact us

Gerry-Lynn McCann,

Program Lead
PUF@gppsd.ab.ca
780-532-4491 

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